Relief providers to sort out what’s needed and what isn’t
The community of South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas have been so generous that all churches, businesses and agencies who have been accepting donations for the Angora fire victims are overwhelmed. The donation centers are overflowing, and they say no more donations right now. They are asking that people hold on to their donations until the need has been assessed.
Donation centers have an abundance of clothing, bedding, toiletries, toys, nonperishable food and household items. What they need is people to come and take the items. An updated list and contact information for donation centers is printed below.
“The people of Lake Tahoe are happy to help the evacuees. That’s what all the donation centers are symbolizing. We want to help each other, but the people who need the help are too shy or embarrassed to ask for it,” said Moksha Lea, South Lake Tahoe Evacuation Center volunteer. “Please come and get some supplies, aid and food at the centers.”
An information-sharing meeting for community disaster relief providers has been scheduled for today, 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1053 Wildwood Ave. The meeting is sponsored by the American Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Invited are representatives of local, state and federal government; local churches and community organizations who have been participating in the relief effort; and northern California voluntary agency collaborations.
The objectives of the meeting are:
— To share different perspectives of the “big picture,” such as information about local resources, current activities, immediate future plans, long term plans and perspective of needs.
— Facilitate the formation of a collaboration between faith-based and other voluntary and community organizations to assure equitable services and access to information and resources for those affected by the fire.
For more information, contact Franci Collins, Red Cross Voluntary Agency liaison, at (202) 550-0291 or email@example.com.
A group of service organizations and churches at the South Shore are already working on the situation and there is a possibility the Mikasa building at the “Y” will become a central location for donations.
Meeting for disaster relief providers
When: 6:30 p.m. today
Where: First Baptist Church, 1053 Wildwood Ave., South Lake Tahoe
Who: The meeting is sponsored by the American Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Donations, distributions and fundraisers:
— St. Theresa Catholic Church Parish Hall, corner of Lyons Avenue and Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Distributes nonperishable food on an ongoing basis. Donations of nonperishable food will be accepted, but no other items at this time.
— Barton Hospital Foundation. Accepting checks, cash and credit card donations. Not accepting donations of items. Can make donation with credit card by calling (530) 543-5614. Can mail to Barton Foundation, Fire Relief, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 400, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or delivered to Financial Services, 2155 South Ave., Suite 24, round building across from Barton Hospital.
— El Dorado Animal Control, 1120 Shakori Drive in Meyers will accept pets at the shelter for people who have been evacuated. Officers are also available to rescue animals. People who find animals displaced by the fire may take them to the shelter. For more information call (530) 577-1766.
— Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A., 1221 Emerald Bay Road at the “Y.” They are out of storage space and are not accepting donations of items until further notice. Call July 9 for update. Pet food and supplies can be picked up at the office seven days a week. An on-call phone number is posted on the door after hours. Financial donations and gift cards can be delivered to the office or mailed to P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158.The Humane Society is matching up foster homes with pet owners who have been evacuated. They will provide financial aid for veterinary care of pets injured from fire conditions. They also have instant ID tags for cats and dogs that can be used for temporary phone contact. Call for special needs. More information (530) 542-2857.
— Sierra Recovery Center is not accepting donations. The center does have some items to distribute. The office is open daily at 1137 Emerald Bay Road. Information: (530) 541-5190.
— American Red Cross. Accepting monetary donations online at http://www.sacsierraredcross.org. Click Angora fire link. Anyone looking for relatives and friends can also access the Web site and click the link for Safe & Well. The evacuation center at the Recreation Complex has closed down operations and donations of items are not being accepted. A Red Cross service center is operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lake Tahoe Community College cafeteria.
— Tahoe Daily Tribune, 3079 Harrison Ave. Distributing toiletries, nonperishable food, clothing, bedding and toys. Also accepting money donations. Not accepting additional items. Information: (530) 541-3880.
— First Baptist Church, 1053 Wildwood Ave. No longer accepting donations. Distributing clothing, bedding, toys, toiletries, baby supplies and nonperishable food through July 5. Information: (530) 544-2743.
— Choices for Children, 1029 Takela Drive. Not accepting additional donations. Can call (530) 541-5848 to see if donations are needed. Distributing clothing for adults and children, bottled water and energy drinks, toys, toiletries and bedding from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, 1100 Lyons Ave. Distributing nonperishable food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, dry goods and bedding 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through July 3. No more donations being accepted. Information: (530) 542-0838.
— South Lake Tahoe Free Cycle will accept donations and fire victims can request aid. Visit yahoogroups.com and go to Free Cycle SLT.
— G.B. General Engineering Contractor, Inc., and its employees has offered to donate time and resources to help fire victims who need heavy equipment to recover valuables. Call Dave Galicia at (530) 308-6301.
— Tahoe Businesses Who Care. Business are requested to donate any percentage or make a one-time donation to the program to help victims of the Angora fire. The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club will collect donations from Tahoe Businesses Who Care and distribute them to local nonprofit organizations. To participate in the program contact firstname.lastname@example.org; Jana Ney Walker at (530) 544-6119 or Joe Zarachoff at (775)588-6616.
— Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce has established a fire fund, Locals for Locals, at U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 17640, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.
— Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is planning a major fundraising concert to benefit people affected by the Angora fire. Spokesman John Packer said performers from across the nation have contacted the gaming organization with interest in participating.
— Jordan Morgenstern and Bruce Brown will donate any money gleaned from their video footage of the fire and the Law Offices of Jordan Morgenstern will match it.
— Wells Fargo customers affected by the Angora fire are encouraged to stop by their nearest Wells Fargo store to discuss their financial situations and options. Information: (800) 869-3557.
— Barton HealthCare Systems is providing free blood glucose meters and testing supplies to residents affected by the Angora fire. Call (530) 543-5548.
— Lake Tahoe Community College has established a fund for employees displaced by the Angora fire. Donations may be mailed to LTCCD Foundation -Angora Fire Employee Displacement Fund, One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or donations may be made to any Bank of the West branch or online if you have a Bank of the West account. You need account name: LTCCD Foundation-Angora Fire Employee Displacement Fund Bank Account Number 186-133815. Bank Routing Number 12. To donate online through Paypal go to the ltcc Web site: http://www.ltcc.edu/news.asp, click on the Donate button and go to the Paypal site for processing. Use an existing Paypal account or enter credit card information as requested.
— Musician Jerome Kessinger will collect donations for people displaced by the Angora fire at his “Help Tahoe Now” benefit live music shows. He will be at Fremont Bistro every Tuesday and Rojos every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Information: (530) 314-3515.
— John Ascuaga’s Nugget has partnered with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra to collect funds July 4 at Star Spangled Sparks to aid the victims of the Angora fire. All funds will go directly to the Angora Fire Relief Fund. Information: (800) 648-1177 or (775) 322-8668 or visit uwayreno.org.
— Hard Rock Café will host a “Crank It Up” promotion through July 31. Customers may round up their bill to the nearest dollar or more as a donation to assist with community fire relief efforts. Donations will go to the city of South Lake Tahoe and the local Red Cross chapter. Information: (775) 588-6200.
— Incline Village July 4 Boat Parade will raise donations for the victims of the Angora fire. All licensed boat owners will be asked to donate $5 per foot with all funds distributed by the Parasol Foundations. Sign up or phone donations to http://www.musicgiants.com or (775) 832-5692.
— Robert Morris Construction, Inc., and its employees offer to donate free Bobcat, clean-up, and dump trailer services to Angora fire victims who are not covered by adequate insurance. RMC also offers free defensible space services such as tree limbing and thinning, brush clearing and duff removal to those who cannot perform the work themselves. Information: (530) 545-2414 or http://www.TahoeBMP.com.
— Alpen Sierra Coffee Co., 3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is collecting monetary donations for Angora fire victims. 100 percent of the collections will go directly to the fire victims.
— Tahoe Christian Ministries is coordinating donations and distribution of furniture for victims of Angora fire. For information call (530) 544-2624. Select 1 if you have a need for furniture. Select 2 If you have donations of furniture to offer. Select 3 If you have trucks and people to help move furniture.
— TSI and Blue Sky Events will donate 100 percent of all proceeds, raffle money and donation from the First Thursday event, July 5, at Heavenly Village to victims of the Angora fire. Donations will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club for the five families who have been displaced.
— South Tahoe Educators Association has established a fund to help Lake Tahoe Unified School District employees who have lost their home or are displaced from the Angora fire. Donations may be made to South Tahoe Educators Association, Angora Fire Fund, P.O. Box 13206, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151. Make checks payable to STEA.
— Sierra-at-Tahoe, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, Calif., is offering space for victims of the Angora fire to store boats, RVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles. Displaced families may also stay at the resort, but there are no hook-ups available. Information: (530) 543-3132.
— Kirkwood Mountain Resort has established a relief fund and a collection site for food and clothing for those affected by the Angora fire. Temporary lodging is also being provided to employees and their families. Information: (209) 258-7384.
— Bank of America is accepting donations on behalf of the California Red Cross for victims of Angora fire. Checks should be made payable to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund with Angora fire in the memo line. Account No. 04952-45264. Deposits may be made to any branch. BofA made a $20,000 donation.
— Tahoe Youth & Family Services is offering no-cost family and individual counseling to familes with children who have been affected by the Angora fire. TYFS has two therapists and counselors who are able to effectively counsel families dealing with the issues arising from the disaster. Information: (530) 541-2445 or stop by the office at 1021 Fremont Ave. to inquire about the services and request an intake packet.
— Tahoe’s Gift in Friends fundraiser and appreciation event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. July 13 at Picchetti Winery, 3135 Harrison Ave. The cost is $50 at the door and firefighters and police get in free. Food, wine, beer and other goodies will be served. Silent auction, music and other fun events are planned. For fire relief only. Information: Susan Flanigan, TGIF coordinator, at (775) 450-2640.
— Lake Tahoe Golf Course, 2500 Emerald Bay Road. Distributing bedding, clothing, footwear, 350 new toys and some canned goods. Call (530) 577-0788, Ext. 1 to inquire about making donations.